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Jamie Miller: CEO, The 518 Group

Jamie Nicole Miller, a Pageland, SC native is the owner and Founder of The 518 Group, a Brand Management and Marketing Agency based in Charlotte, NC. Jamie is a 2007 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

After receiving her Marketing degree she relocated to Greenville, SC to take a sales & marketing position as an On-Premise Spirits Representative with a distribution company. In this corporate position, she worked with a number of key accounts managing spirit placement, development, distribution and beverage sales along with executing promotional marketing events. In just two short years, Jamie felt that her creativity and room for growth became stifling and decided it was time to grow more outside of the company and in 2012 she relocated back to Charlotte, NC to begin her journey as an Entrepreneur.

With over 10 plus years of experience in Marketing, she has had the opportunity to work with top brands and clientele, along with solidifying a great reputation as a Marketing Professional.

Currently residing in Pageland, SC, she is heavily involved in her community working with youth through her non-profit PROJECT FIRST, INC.

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Shonda Draughn: Realtor, The Gluckin Group

Shonda is excellence at it's finest. She is a premier real estate agent, outstanding wife, and mother of two, with an expertise in everything from first time homebuyers to luxury listings! She has a high attention to detail and will always provide a world class level of service.

From Shonda: As a real estate agent, mother and previous housewife, I work and live for the love of HOME. I’m your trusted advisor, your practiced negotiator, your skilled house-hunter and your neighborhood expert. Whether you’re buying, selling, investing or relocating, I’ll diligently work for you every step of your journey home. Working with me, you’ll also gain the backing of the The Gluckin Group and Long & Foster. That includes a family of real estate professionals across Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, from North Carolina to New Jersey but specifically here in the Triangle where my team of like-minded and hardworking individuals all have the same attitude towards why we do what we do. Helping you accomplish your goals will always be our number one priority, and we know that working together, we will always provide the best levels of service & success to all of our clients.


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Sidney Minter: Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Sidney O. Minter is an Associate in the Raleigh, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. During his career, he has exclusively represented management in a wide range of industries. Mr. Minter has litigated matters relating to wage and hour law, workplace safety law, and workers’ compensation. His bread-and-butter, however, is handling complex matters arising under Title VII.

Mr. Minter also partners with his clients to provide sound day-to-day advice regarding a myriad of issues, including terminations, RIFs, hiring, and leaves of absence. Mr. Minter is also adept at reviewing and drafting policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

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Van Sapp: Dean, School of Business, Saint Augustine’s University & Retired VP, PepSico

Van Sapp's breadth of experience spans over 25 years with Fortune 50 PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, a private company and now Saint Augustine’s University as Dean – School of Business, Management & Technology. Van is an expert in eyeing, evaluating, and executing the right options to drive company and organizational valuation—whether developing talent, controlling costs, invigorating “customer first” approaches, leveraging insights, or pioneering groundbreaking concepts.

Prior to academia, Van had developed the careers of hundreds of executives and leaders. His reputation as a mentor, coach, and advisor began many years ago when hired by General Foods/Maxwell House Coffee into their MBA program. In 12 years, he was promoted 8 times, excelling in every account management, category planning, and sales roles assigned.